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Rabi'a from narrative to myth : the many faces of Islam's most famous woman saint, Rabi'a al-'Adawiyya

By: Cornell, Rkia Elaroui

Part of the Oneworld Academic series
1786075210 / 9781786075215
Hardback
297.092
03/01/2019
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England
24 cm 416 pages
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Rabi`a al-`Adawiyya is a figure shrouded in myth. Certainly a woman by this name was born in Basra, Iraq, in the eighth century, but her life remains recorded only in legends, stories, poems and hagiographies.

The various depictions of her - as a deeply spiritual ascetic, an existentialist rebel and a romantic lover - seem impossible to reconcile, and yet Rabi`a has transcended these narratives to become a global symbol of both Sufi and modern secular culture. In this groundbreaking study, Rkia Elaroui Cornell traces the development of these diverse narratives and provides a history of the iconic Rabi`a's construction as a Sufi saint.

Combining medieval and modern sources, including evidence never before examined, in novel ways, Rabi`a From Narrative to Myth is the most significant work to emerge on this quintessential figure in Islam for more than seventy years.

BIC:

HRAX History of religion, HRHX Sufism & Islamic mysticism, JFSR2 Islamic studies

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